A Quarter-Century in Hindsight

by Renee Dugan

As I write this blog, it is April 25th, 2018…the day before my twenty-fifth birthday. Wow. When did that happen? Sometimes I still feel like I’m sixteen. There are times of stress where I look for an adult to handle the situation…but, whoops, I am an adult! I have to make my own doctor’s appointments, […]

The Brewer, The Server, and the Served

by Renee Dugan

There once was a brewer who inherited from his father the recipe for the most perfect drink ever consumed by man. Everyone who drank it seemed to taste different notes—saffron and nutmeg, clove and cardamom. For some, these tastes went down bitterly…and yet the aftertaste was gloriously sweet, and no one who left after tasting […]

Jesus Died For YOU!

by Renee Dugan

What is the most generous thing a friend, family member, or even a total stranger has ever done for you? How did it make you feel? Growing up walking a financial tightrope, it wasn’t until I was an adult that I truly realized what my parents sacrificed so that my brother and I never wanted […]

How’s YOUR Walk?

by Renee Dugan

I am an extrovert, and proud of it! One of my favorite things to do with my time is sit down with a person and get down to the details of life. I want to know their hopes, dreams, fears, and fancies, their favorite movies and songs, the smell of the candle they always burn […]

A Prayer for the Heart of God

by Renee Dugan

Have you ever been in a situation where you just didn’t know what to pray for or against? There are times in our lives where the words of man bombard us constantly, obscuring the will of God. We can find ourselves torn between human ideals, uncertain of who is walking upright, who is deceived, if […]

God Understands YOU!

by Renee Dugan

One of the most visceral cries of the human spirit is to be heard and understood. Unfortunately, there are so many things that act as barriers between us and other people—miscommunication, misrepresentation, past hurts, the fear of rejection, the fear of being misunderstood, and on and on. We may not bring our honest selves to […]

The Journey of Holiness

by Renee Dugan

I’m sure I’m not alone in wishing that giving my heart to Christ had resulted in an instant transformation into perfection. We’re made in the image of God—who is spirit and holy—and we should be conformed to the image of Christ, who walked blamelessly before his Father. But following that example is so much easier […]

Leave the 99

by Renee Dugan

Confession: I’m a bit of an Instagram nut. I love the glimpses into the lives that other people live…in fact, as a writer, it fascinates me. I was recently deeply blessed by a fellow writer’s Instagram post about leaning on God during tough times. But what really caught my eye about her post wasn’t the […]

On Purpose, For a Purpose

by Renee Dugan

I recently read a quote that seemed like such an obvious truth in retrospect, yet I’d never considered it before. The writer pointed out that “If you had never existed, nothing would be the same. Everywhere you’ve been, every person you’ve ever interacted with, would have a different life experience…just because you were not there.” […]

The Slippery Slope of Sin

by Dan Gallagher

It’s wintertime, and where I live that means things freeze—a lot! Although the below-freezing temperatures that we commonly experience cause my southern friends to shiver and shake, often shutting down most of their activities, for us it is just another day. Those who live in warmer climates find it hard to wrap their minds around […]